5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h
1
Colorado Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Dallas

few
hours
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder .

Dallas to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Dallas in December, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 18°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 30th (Sun), cool off at Vail Mountain Resort, then admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, and then have some family-friendly fun at Vail Valley Escape Room.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Vail road trip website .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Vail in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Colorado Springs in December, plan for much colder days in Vail, with highs around 25°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Vail Valley Escape Room
Highlights from your plan
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

3
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Get in touch with nature at Maroon Bells and Aspen Highlands. It doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Vail to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Vail in December, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 10°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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